Watsonville Buddhist Temple Celebrates 100 Years of Worship

November 5, 2006

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel


Hundreds gathered Saturday to celebrate the 100 years the Watsonville Buddhist Temple has served as a center of worship and community.

Founded by immigrants who arrived in the Pajaro Valley at the end of the 19th century, the temple continues to be a focal point for Japanese culture though the sangha, or congregation, welcomes people of all backgrounds today.

The congregation spent the last year sprucing up the temple and its grounds in preparation for Saturday's ceremonies. The massive gold altar was sent to Japan for restoration and even the parking lot received a new layer of asphalt.